Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, France | Les Gruches is a higher-end cuvée of Chenin Blanc vinified from two clay-limestone plots in Saumur, one with extremely low-yield, 80 year old vines. This is a dense & expressive wine with an innate quality of wisdom & easy sophistication. Speaking of wisdom, this wine is cellarable for up to five years after release, softening & filling out as it matures. In its youth (AKA if you can’t or won’t wait, which we can’t blame you for), it’s giving leaner Vouvray — lithe as opposed to ample, sexy & austere like Jerry Hall in a white silk pantsuit — Asian pear & honeydew melon countered by heaps of glistening minerals. Ginger chews, honeyed apricot, caramel drizzle & a squeeze of lemon with a taut core of ruthless acidity that makes it perfect for things like lush lobster in cream sauce. Drinking a glass makes you feel like a way classier and slinkier version of yourself instantaneously; you just want to sashay around the house and call everyone “dahhhling,” even your cat.
Chardonnay & Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, France | Few things hit that sweet spot between Fresh and Fancy quite like this luminescent sparkling pet-nat from Domaine Bobinet. It’s the platonic ideal of an everyday sparkling with the angelic vibes very expensive Champagne, which it is not and isn’t trying to be – it’s just beautiful in its own right! Rififi was made with a single fermentation in-bottle and unlike most pet-nats, was disgorged to remove the sediment, giving this wine a very alluring clairvoyance and elegance. Charismatic Chenin Blanc meets the always dependable and body-rich Chardonnay for a silken, Brie-like mouthfeel. Like an ice cold winter morning, bone-dry with notes of taut, pithy white citrus, baked apple, white peach & an incandescent acidity and fine, precise mousse. Be extra careful when undoing the cage as the bubbles are extra-powerful on this puppy! Perfect for literally any occasion, drink during a chic, moonlit dinner party on a hot summer night in someone’s beautiful backyard, or maybe in your bathtub, like that GIF of Oprah.
Cabernet Franc | A Cab Franc for all seasons: juicy, meaty, fresh & floral. Cab Franc is like Cab Sauv’s cool younger sibling who went to art school, makes pottery & reads voraciously. This wine performs to the best of its ability when slightly chilled, but still has texture & complexity to bite into. A thirst quenching vin de soif with bright red fruit from partial carbonic maceration, a well-mannered wine that can still let its hair down when the moment feels right.
Cabernet Franc | A wise, muscular & age worthy Cabernet Franc, moody & even a little bit mean! But in a cool way, like a snappy professor who just doesn’t have time for your shenanigans. Dried sage, blueberry trail mix, hot chocolate powder, soy-soaked enoki mushroom. Pairs perfectly with: scratchy tartan flannel, Rear Window, splurging on a full set of vintage leather-bound encyclopedias bc you are a fancy smarty pants & so is this spectacular wine!
Cabernet Franc | First things first, let’s all take a moment to sit quietly & reflect on this wine’s witty moniker which we wish the real Greta Garbo had lived to see & appreciate. Having a wine named after you is an even greater honour than winning an Academy Award, especially if it is a pun at the same time. Just like Garbo, Carbo is a legend, the revered sort of cult wine that unites the world’s hypebeasts, wine snobs, & regular cool people with good taste with its undeniable excellence. The ‘Carbo’ is a nod to carbonic maceration, the mode of vinification used to give this single parcel Cab Franc it’s dazzlingly bright & extracted red fruit flavours, like an amplified, saturated version of Cab Franc with the volume turned all the way up. Hazy sandalwood-sy incense vibes and a silky, glossy texture with whimsical depth comefrom eight months in oak. This is a magical mystical red, captivating & spellbinding, to share with your favourite person in the world, someone who Gets It & whose allure it won’t be lost on. Cab Franc’s signature greenness shows up to the party, followed by a dash of black pepper, cherry lollipop, strawberry Twizzler, forest, filth & squishy mud between your toes. Pairs perfectly with black velvet, water signs & sapphires. Drink on the night of the full moon.
Chenin Blanc | It’s an open secret that we’re head over heels in love with Chenin Blanc, often at the expense of, um, every other wine grape. It’s just so perfect! A honey soft tropical daydream with laser beam acidity that somehow always manages to express soil & terroir with Frank O’Hara-level poetic depth? It’s just so hard to say no to, especially because it has a freaking BUNNY on the label!! Yes, it’s true: some things in life are perfect and this is one of them. A joyous romp through a perfectly sunlit field of wildflowers in late May & bare feet with all-white linen. 48 hours of lees contact and full malolactic fermentation, with crunchy mineral undertones from chalky soils. Dandelion lemonade, lime leaf, almost-ripe pear, apple frangipane tart. Serve with roasted carrots, goat cheese & edible flowers next time you have Joni Mitchell over for dinner.
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